Why we fail in our two games

Arsenal’s two defeats since the Premier League restart have exposed the wider problems at the club.

Arsenal slumped to a last-gasp 2-1 Premier League loss at relegation-threatened Brighton on Saturday in a blow to the London club’s chances of securing European football next season.

The Gunners have been criticised for allowing the contracts of their players to run down with youngster Bukayo Saka the latest to be linked with a move away with 12 months left on his current deal.

“For Arsenal I would say it is because they’ve played poorly and they’ve had nightmare injuries,” he told Sky Sports. “Pablo Mari I don’t think we’re going to see for the rest of the season, Bernd Leno went off with a nasty injury and Granit Xhaka was taken off the other night as well.

“The last two games have exposed their inability to compete with the top sides and their fragility against teams in the bottom half of the table. It has also exposed the deeper-lying problems as well.

“If you look at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s body language… he looks as if the end of the season can’t come soon enough. When you look at Arsenal’s situation overall, and the example of Saka, the transfer policy needs an urgent review.

“Aubameyang is set to become the latest in a long list of players who have left the club either on a free or for substantially less than their market value. When you get a talent such as Saka and his contract is running down, you have to ask, ‘why has a big club like Arsenal not moved more quickly to be able to sign him up?’

“It isn’t just about the two defeats in the last few days for Arsenal… it’s about a number of deeper-lying problems which looked as if they may’ve been on the way to being solved with the new people in at the top and Mikel Arteta as the new custodian.

“But if you were an Arsenal fan, you would be forgiven for feeling a lot of pessimism about the future going forward. Even if they do solve some of the issues surrounding them, the other clubs in the top six will be moving on strength to strength.”

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